Free school meals and clothing grants

Help with school meals during holidays and strike action

Where a pupil is eligible for free school meals because of low income, they may get extra help during school holidays and in the event of strike action.

More information on School meals.

If your child is not getting Free School Meals and you think they may be eligible, you must apply. (You apply for a Clothing Grant with the same form as for Free School Meals.)

We will update the table below throughout the year to confirm when any additional payments will be made.

Free school meals and clothing grants updates
Payment Paid to bank accounts Details

September weekend holiday

Friday 15 September &
Monday 18 September 2023
Thursday 14 September 2023 £4.20 per primary school pupil
£4.80 per secondary school pupil

From November 2022, the Scottish Child Payment became available for eligible children under the age of 16. It is now £25 a week for each child.  

If you are eligible, and have responsibility for one or more children aged 6 to15, you must take action to ensure you get the support you're entitled to.

Scottish Welfare Fund

If you are in extreme financial hardship you may want to apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Other enquiries

For wider enquiries about welfare and benefits: